Capt. John W. Carter Papers

Manuscripts Collection 204

Overview of the Records

Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Carter, John W., Capt.
Title: Capt. John W. Carter Papers
Dates: 1874-1880
Extent: 6 items
Abstract: This collection contains 5 volumes and a photograph of Capt. John Carter. Three volumes are Carters’ journals for voyages in the Bark RAMBLER, while the two remaining volumes are account books containing crew accounts (Bark RAMBLER), and Carter’s vessel accounts with the owners of Ship ADALINE and RAMBLER. Journal entries are generally brief, with emphasis on weather and navigational information. The account books are more detailed. Crew members are identified and Carter’s vessel accounts are very complete.
Identification: Coll. 204

Biography of Capt. John W. Carter

John Carter was a shipmaster from Manchester, Massachusetts. During the period covered by this collection he was master of the Ship ADALINE (1874-1875), and the Bark RAMBLER (1878-1880). The RAMBLER was owned/managed by Smith & Townsend of Boston. During this time the vessel carried various cargos to and from Boston, San Francisco, New York, Batavia, and Iloilo in the Philippines.

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Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division.

Restrictions on Use

Various copying restriction apply. Guidelines are available from the Manuscripts Division.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the G. W. Blunt White Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Corporate Bodies (Including Vessels):

Adaline (Ship)
Rambler (Bark)


Merchant mariners–Salaries, etc
Voyages and travels

Document Types:

Account books
Journals (accounts)



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 204, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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Detailed Description of the Records

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.


Photograph; ca. 1900
Box Folder
1 1 Photograph, Capt. John Carter; ca. 1900
Volumes; 1974-1880
1 Journal, Bark RAMBLER; 1878 Nov-1879 May
2 Journal, Bark RAMBLER; 1879 Jun-1880 Jan
3 Journal, Bark RAMBLER; 1880 Jul-Aug
4 Account book/Journal: Accounts Ship ADALINE, Crew Accounts, Bark RAMBLER; and Journal Bark RAMBLER; 1874-1875;1878-1879, 1880 Jan 8-27
5 Account book, Bark RAMBLER; 1878-1880

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